The Ignite team with the projected NBA lottery selection of Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga will be among the 18 teams participating in the G League balloon starting in February, according to an ESPN.com report.
The Ignite team also includes former American high school students Daishen Nix and Isaiah Todd, as well as foreign stars Kai Sotto (Philippines) and Princepal Singh (India).
The location of the bubbles has yet to be determined, but College Park, Ms. It is mentioned as one of the possibilities. According to the message sent to the NBA agent from one franchise, after the quarantine period, the players will travel to the “single page” on January 26, and the training camps will open on January 29, and the matches will start on February 8. running from March 5 to 9.
Teams will have to pay $ 500,000 to sign up for the balloon, but several teams, including the Lakers, Heat, Pistons, Bulls and Hawks, decided to give up, deciding it wasn’t worth it.
The Knicks, Nets and 76ers are among the teams expected to sign up, while the Pelicans and Wizards will form a combined team.
Several sources pointed out that the whole process is fluid and subject to change.
Brian Shaw, head coach of the Ignite team based in Walnut Creek, California, recently said he hopes his team will be included in the G-League bubble after the recent couple of clashes against G-League veterans.
“Originally what they told me they were hoping the bubble situation would start from the end of January to about the first of February and I think it’s still on the table, but we’ll find out more about that when we get to the breaks,” Shaw said. earlier this month when I requested a team schedule update.
“What I’ve heard is that there were a lot of G-League teams that would be excluded from that situation if that happened, so I guess it will depend on how many teams will check out and how many stay and whether it’s worth having that. something. ”
6-foot-6 Green is the projected No. 2 in the 2021 Draft, according to ESPN.com, and 6-8 Cummings are in 9th place. They both scored more than 20 points in each of the two fights, with Shaw highlighting Kuminga’s strong play in both games.
“He has once again shown that he can play at this and a higher level and that he can have an impact on the offensive and defensive end,” Shaw said after the second clash, where Kuminga scored 21 after dropping 26 points in the first game.
ESPN reported that the G League will hold the Draft in January “dispersing players whose rights are G League teams who have decided not to play in the balloon. Players who have signed Exhibition Contracts 10 with NBA teams whose associated G-League teams will not participate in a single-seat tournament may be loaned to the G-League team selected (provided that their original NBA team pays their costs).
Players like former stars Seton Hall, Myles Powell and Romar Gill, who have signed contracts for Proof-10 with the Knicks and Jazz, respectively, could compete with their teams from the G League.
ESPN also reported that NBA veterans with more than five years of experience will be able to join G League teams. That group includes Kyle Korver, Jeremy Lin, DeMarre Carroll and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Lin played briefly with the Ignite team and then tried to sign with the Warriors ’G league team, but failed to get approval from FIBA.
Speaking to international media on Tuesday, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said no specific plans had been made regarding the G League.
“At the moment, no decisions have been made regarding the NBA 2020-2021 NBA season,” said the answer to the question about the new G league team from Mexico, Capitanes. “I’ll tell you we’re talking about what the 2020-2021 season looks like for the G League, but it’s still a very fluid situation.”
“Once the plans become clearer in relation to the upcoming G League season, I think we will be able to determine the future of the Capitanes,” he added.